Kamakura is the Buddhist temple heaven
Posted by Editor on July 29, 2013
Among the possible alternative trips you can do in the vicinity of Tokyo are Kamakura and Nikko. I opted for the first option as it is located about an hour from Tokyo Station and also in the path below the endpoint is the Pacific coast with indicative signs on beaches which in our case may be flashy but for the Japanese it is a reality against the dreaded tsunamis. The visit to Kamakura must be organized early since the vast majority of temples to visit close at 17:00. If you are organizing a trip to Japan without leaving the Tokyo area Kamakura route is a good substitute to Kyoto in order to see breathtaking Buddhist temples. At the Kamakura station we realized that we had a much bigger town full of shops and fast food restaurants focused on tourism.
Path of the Spirits
From the distance, the price of tickets and the culture shock of course and from the cost of living it is clear that as a whole Japan might not be the first tourist option. Following Kamakura the things we found that stood out were Hachimangu Tsurugaoka Temple. The shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and samurai in general.
In new year, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Japan with more than two million visitors. Again in this shrine we find a large pond and its banks picnic spot serves many Japanese families.
Kamakura Senso ji
Kamakura photos: juno, Alfie Goodrich, Simon Read, Yokai Catchlight, Heart Disk.